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Paid parking will be eliminated on downtown streets effective January 1st 2024 and replaced with free 3 hour parking. Paid parking will be re-instated at the town dock, along Bayshore and at the boat launch in the spring with a new system. All our downtown street parking will be free for 3 hours to encourage turnover and keep spots free for shoppers. Next steps are to determine the break even costs of the parking lots and the enforcement needed to ensure the 3 hour rule is followed, and who will pay for those costs. The options are everyone in their taxes, or the downtown core building owners or a hybrid approach where the costs are split between the two using a ratio like 75:25. See this link for the full cost recovery approach.
That will be discussed at a future meeting along with the new community committee that will spend much of 2024 working on a long term solution that balances the costs, who pays and if there is a way to monetize parking in 2025 and beyond. Your Council listens.